Who owns Cheveley Park Stud?

Who owns Cheveley Park Stud? Nowadays occupying nearly 1,000 acres in the hamlet of the same name, Cheveley Park Stud has the distinction of being the oldest stud farm in Newmarket and, probably, the oldest stud farm in England. Cheveley Park Stud rose to prominence in the early nineteenth century, under the auspices of John Manners, Fifth Duke of Rutland. Manners bred four Classic winners, including the 1928 Derby winner, Cadland, who initially dead-heated with The Colonel before winning the subsequent run-off. He also planted a tree-lined avenue, known as ‘Duchess Drive’, in memory of his wife, Elizabeth, Duchess of Rutland, who died in 1825 at the age of 45.

A 7,800-acre estate in its heyday in the late nineteenth century, Cheveley Park Stud had dwindled away to just 270 acres, and was in the hands of the official receiver, when bought by the current owner, Patricia Thompson, in 1975. In fact, Mrs. Thompson purchased Cheveley Park Stud together with the husband, David Thompson, and they continued as co-owners until his death, from renal failure, in January, 2021, aged 84.

In the 46 years since Mr. & Mrs. Thompson took over, it would be fair to say that Cheveley Park Stud has undergone a resurgence, to the extent that it is one of the most important breeding and ownership operations in the country. Its distinctive red, white and blue colours are a familiar sight on British racecourses and, during the 2021 Flat Owners’ Championship, were carried to victory 34 times, thereby earning over £964,000 in prize money.

 

 

Who was the first female jockey to ride a winner at the Cheltenham Festival?

Who was the first female jockey to ride a winner at the Cheltenham Festival? However, the first female jockey to ride a winner at the Cheltenham Festival was Caroline Robinson (née Beasley), who won the Foxhunter Chase – a race restricted to amateur jockeys – on her own horse, Eliogarty, in 1983. Originally bought by her father, Jeremy, and trained in Co. Claire, Ireland, by John Hassett, Eliogarty was once described by Robinson as ‘the greatest present anyone’s ever given me’. Three years later, Robinson won the Aintree Foxhunters on the same horse, therbey becoming the first female jockey to ride a winner over the Grand National fences, too.

Back at the Cheltenham Festival, though, the first female jockey to ride a winner against fully fledged professionals was Gee Armytage who, in 1987, won the Kim Muir Challenge Cup on The Ellier, trained by Nigel Tinkler. Just for good measure, at the same Festival, Armytage also won the Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup on the aptly-named Gee-A, trained by Geoff Hubbard. She came close to making further history by winning the leading jockey award – the first female jockey to actually do so was Rachael Blackmore in 2021 – but lost out on ‘countback’ to Peter Scudamore.

Who owns Palace Pier?

Who owns Palace Pier? Palace Pier is owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the second son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his senior wife, Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum and, since 2008, Crown Prince of the Emirate of Dubai. Rated 129 by Timeform, making him the fourth highest-rated older horse in Europe, Palace Pier was retired from racing in October, 2021, having been beaten in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions Day at Ascot for the second year running.

Nevertheless, the son of Kingman, who was Cartier Horse of the Year in 2014, won eight of his ten races, including five at the highest, Group 1 level. As a 3-year-old, he won the St. James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville and, as a 4-year-old, the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and Prix Jacques le Marois again.

At the end of his racing career, Palace Pier had amassed £1.77 million in prize money and will stand at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket in 2022, with a stud fee to be announced at a later date. At the time of his retirement, trainer John Gosden said, ‘It’s been a pleasure to train him. He had a great mind and was very genuine.’ In fact, despite his neck defeat by the unbeaten 3-year-old Baaeed at Ascot, Palace Pier remains on course to be crowned Cartier Horse of the Year ahead of St. Mark’s Basilica and Poetic Flare.

Who was the first female jockey to win a Grade 1 National Hunt race in Britain?

Who was the first female jockey to win a Grade 1 National Hunt race in Britain? The first female jockey to win a Grade 1 National Hunt race in Britain was Lizzie Kelly. She did so on Boxing Day, 2015, when she rode Tea For Two, trained by her stepfather Nick Williams, to victory in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton Park. The following season she rode the same horse in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, thereby becoming the first female jockey to ride in the ‘Blue Riband’ event for 33 years. Sadly, Tea For Two blundered badly and unseated her at just the second fence on that occasion, but made amends by carrying her to a second Grade 1 victory, in the Betway Bowl, at Aintree.

Kelly also tasted success at the Cheltenham Festival, winning the Ultima Handicap Chase on Coo Star Sivola in 2018 and the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate on Siruh Du Lac in 2019. Both horses were trained, once again, by Nick Williams.

In July, 2020, Kelly announced that she was expecting her first child with husband Ed Partridge and, consequently, would not be returning to the saddle that season and ‘in all likelihood not at all’. Nevertheless, Kelly remained involved in racing, launching a bloodstock venture, Valentine Bloodstock, alongside her husband. The couple celebrated their first winner as owners when Hamilton Dici landed a gamble in the Wigley Group Merry Christmas Juvenile Maiden Hurdle at Warwick in December, 2020.

 

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